Planet of the Diamonds

 Illustration of ratio of size to Earth

A rocky planet twice Earth’s size, called 55 Cancri e, that orbits a nearby star made largely out of DIAMONDS, had been discovered lately by astro researchers. 

Artist’s conception of the interior of 55 Cancri e — an extremely hot planet with a surface of mostly graphite surrounding a thick layer of diamond, below which is a layer of silicon-based minerals and a molten iron core at the center. Image by Haven Giguere

55 Cancri e has a radius twice Earth’s and a mass eight times greater, making it a “super-Earth.” It is one of five planets orbiting the sun-like star, 55 Cancri, that is located 40 light years from Earth yet visible to the naked eye in the constellation of Cancer. The planet orbits at hyper speed; its year lasts just 18 hours, in contrast to Earth’s 365 days. It is also blazing hot, with a temperature of about 3,900 degrees Fahrenheit, researchers said, a far cry from a habitable world.

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